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From kee–(at)–den.com Thu Feb 13 13:02:04 CST 1997
From: kee–(at)–ustin.ibm.com ()
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Subject: DIY Eyelet Board
Date: 13 Feb 1997 15:13:41 GMT
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By now most amp builders and repairers should be familiar with the idea
that you can make your own Fender style eyelet board from fiberboard
and eyelets with an eyelet setter. Here’s a bit of practical info.

My local plastics supplier, Regal Plastics, stocks G10 glass-epoxy
circuit board material with no copper foil on either side; price is
about $45 for a 1M by 1.3M sheet. They are in the habit of selling
scraps from their custom cutting business at dramatically reduced
prices. A 10 inch by 11 inch scrap was – free – . Long narrow strips,
which are the most interesting shape for eyelet board projects,
are the most common scrap.

I found in my local Tandy Leathercrafts store a bag of 100 brass
eyelets, Tandy number 1287-03 “Medium Eyelets, Brass” for $1.99,
and an eyelet setter for $1.59. The eyelets fit nicely in a 5/32″
drilled hole, and set in place with a couple of light taps on the
eyelet setter.

My total cost for an 11″ long G10 glass epoxy eyelet board was under $4.

I have not had good luck finding suitable fiberboard for eyelet board.

From cign–(at)–elios.phy.OhioU.Edu Fri Feb 14 12:17:37 CST 1997
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From: cign–(at)–elios.phy.OhioU.Edu (Dave Cigna)
Subject: Re: DIY Eyelet Board
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Good practical advice R.G. I just want to say that you can also
buy eyelets from Mouser. The largest size (1/8 inch diameter) is about
the same size as used in old Fenders. They are available in a variety
of lengths and they are tinned which makes them very easy to solder to.

I haven’t found 1/8 inch thick fiberglass, so I use Super Glue to bond
together two 1/16 inch sheets. A third sheet provides a backing so that
the solder doesn’t fall out the bottom. The result is very stiff, not
like the Fender fiber eyelet boards which flex quite a bit.

Setting the eyelets is a little tricky without the proper tool (don’t
bother with the staking tool that Mouser sells). I use a nail set
(available at any hardware store) with the tip ground at about a 90
degree included angle to spread the eyelet. It seems to work for me.

This is a really nice way to make custom boards. It takes a little more
work, but I think the results are much nicer than perf board or
terminal strips.

— Dave Cigna

BTW: if anyone knows of a good source for turrets, please let me know.

From analog–(at)–oicenet.com Fri Feb 14 12:18:02 CST 1997
From: analog–(at)–oicenet.com (jim)
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Subject: Re: DIY Eyelet Board
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 1997 15:17:11 GMT
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Hello All,
The best source Ive found for boards to construct point to point tube
projects are made by Keystone. They have 2 varietys of board material,
one mil spec and the other a bit lighter grade. Both types are
available with a multitude of Turret type terminals,or blank. I bought
a bag of turrets and the insertion/staking tool and am quite happy
with the results. To best use the tool, Ive found an old drill chuck
and vice to be a stable platform to mount the terminals. Newark
electronics sells some of the products, but at rather high prices.
When I get back to the shop, Ill get my distributors # if anyone is
interested. You can make very professional boards with these materials
which outperform the old Fender types and dont reliey on eyelets. The
terminals are much superior, and this gives you the flexibility to lay
out the circuits any way you see fit. Let me know if there is interset
and Ill post the supplier and catalog #s.
Good luck, Jim
cign–(at)–elios.phy.OhioU.Edu (Dave Cigna) wrote:

>Good practical advice R.G. I just want to say that you can also
>buy eyelets from Mouser. The largest size (1/8 inch diameter) is about
>the same size as used in old Fenders. They are available in a variety
>of lengths and they are tinned which makes them very easy to solder to.

>I haven’t found 1/8 inch thick fiberglass, so I use Super Glue to bond
>together two 1/16 inch sheets. A third sheet provides a backing so that
>the solder doesn’t fall out the bottom. The result is very stiff, not
>like the Fender fiber eyelet boards which flex quite a bit.

>Setting the eyelets is a little tricky without the proper tool (don’t
>bother with the staking tool that Mouser sells). I use a nail set
>(available at any hardware store) with the tip ground at about a 90
>degree included angle to spread the eyelet. It seems to work for me.

>This is a really nice way to make custom boards. It takes a little more
>work, but I think the results are much nicer than perf board or
>terminal strips.

> — Dave Cigna

>BTW: if anyone knows of a good source for turrets, please let me know.